A Senate panel says Apple Inc. is avoiding paying billions of dollars in U.S. taxes, but the world's most valuable company says it is complying with the laws and pays "an extraordinary amount" in taxes to the...Full Story >
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Tuesday, May 21 2013 11:02 PM EDT2013-05-22 03:02:49 GMT
Does population have anything to do with tornadoes and the damage they leave behind? Or, are storms getting stronger? Take a look around Butler County. It's no secret the area is growing and developing.Full Story >
Does population have anything to do with tornadoes and the damage they leave behind? Or, are storms getting stronger?Full Story >
An environmental group says that's no surprise for parts of the Tri-State because Ohio and Kentucky top the list for the biggest polluting power plants.
The Natural Resources Defense Council released a report today ranking Kentucky #1 and Ohio #2. It's not just bad for Mother Nature, the organization says, but has an effect on our health and the economy.
In Ohio, the Muskingum River Plant is the biggest culprit when it comes to pollution, according to the report. The plant is located near Beverly, Ohio, in Washington County. The NRDC blames the plant for releasing 6.5 million pounds of toxic material into the air in 2010, making it the third worst polluting power plant in the entire country.
Mercury is among the toxins released from the plant.
To get a balanced view of the situation, we also went to owner American Electric Power's website to see what it said about the issues with the plant. The company doesn't deny the Muskingum River Plant is a problem. Rather, their beef is with the Environmental Protection Agency, arguing the federal government isn't giving the company enough time to upgrade the nearly 60-year-old power plant. So it's going to shut down in 2014.
AEP also points out that in February it started-up A new power plant in Dresden, Ohio, about 1.5 hours up the Muskingum River. It's a lot cleaner because it burns natural gas.
Meanwhile, Kentucky is home to the worst power plant in the country, in terms of pollution.
It's the Tennessee Valley Authority's Paradise Fossil Plant near Drakesboro, in Western Kentucky.
The Natural Resources Defense Council blames it for releasing 7.8 million pounds of toxic material in 2010, though it released less mercury than the Muskingum River Plant in Ohio.
Those new, tougher EPA standards that American Electric Power is fighting are set to go into effect in 2015, according to the NRDC. If that's allowed to happen, the environmental group argues that in the very next year, 2016, "as many as 11,000 premature deaths…130,000 asthma attacks…5,700 hospital visits" and 4,700 heart attacks will be avoided.
Fewer health problems from power plant pollution would save $37-$90 billion a year in health costs, the NRDC estimates. The environmental group says it would also prevent American workers from having to use up to 540,000 sick days each year.
But those new EPA rules are very controversial. Many conservatives argue they could end-up putting a lot of people out of work, though supporters of the new environmental regulations say that claim is overblown.
It's an issue that could come into play as Ohio prepares to vote for candidates for the White House and U.S. Senate.
Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), on the short list to be Gov. Mitt Romney's vice presidential pick, voted for a measure that would've rolled-back the EPA's new mercury and air toxic rules.
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), who's running for re-election this year, voted to keep the EPA's new rules.
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Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:36:49 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundFull Story >
Dozens of people have died after a second day of tornadoes twisted through Oklahoma, this time taking aim at the town of Moore, south of Oklahoma City.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 9:15 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:15:38 GMT
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon. Starting out as a classic funnel it quickly became a giant half-mile wide wedge tornado as it proceeded east north eastFull Story >
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:44 AM EDT2013-05-21 13:44:48 GMT
Eastbound 275 is closed this morning at the Kellogg due to a roll-over accident with an entrapment. The one car accident happened just after 3A-M. The car landed in the median. One person was takenFull Story >
Officers say speed and alcohol are suspected to be factors in the crash. Jones was wearing his seatbelt. Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 5:35 PM EDT2013-05-20 21:35:49 GMT
(RNN) - On May 3, 1999, an F5 tornado touched down near Chickasha, OK and cut northeast through the state before dissipating near Midwest City, OK.Monday's tornado that devastated Moore, OK closely followedFull Story >
In 1999, Oklahoma City saw an F5 tornado that caused more than $1 billion in damage. Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:22 AM EDT2013-05-21 10:22:59 GMT
Cincinnati Firefighters are responding to a fire in the 1800 of Jackson Street in Lincoln Heights. Witnesses reported seeing flames on the back side of the building. The location was known as "The SugarFull Story >
Crews from Woodlawn, Evendale and Wyoming are on the scene. The fire is out but the building is still smoking. Full Story >
A 23-year-old father is charged after allowing his 9-year-old daughter to drive. Police were called to the parking lot of Headland's State Park in Painesville Township on Sunday around 10:15 p.m. afterFull Story >
A Lake County, Ohio father is charged after allowing his 9-year-old daughter to drive.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 10:39 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:39:58 GMT
Police are looking for the suspects who robbed the Fresh Market in Oakley. It happened just before 10 p.m. Monday night at the location on Madison Road. Initial reports are that two men with guns enteredFull Story >
Police are looking for the suspects who robbed the Fresh Market in Oakley.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 10:00 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:00:13 GMT
Bonnie Esrig worked for the IRS for 38 years, many of which were spent in the Cincinnati field office. She retired in January 2013 as an Area Manager in Exempt Organizations Determinations. Esrig saysFull Story >
Bonnie Esrig worked for the IRS for 38 years, many of which were spent in the Cincinnati field office.Full Story >
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